Andrew 4

Rocky Hill | 50-64 | Male
About:  If I could see a play or musical or some sort of theater piece every night of the week, I would. Some weeks I do. I write theater reviews for the national website examiner.com, covering Connecticut and Western Massachusetts (the beautiful Berkshires), and usher at nearly all of the nonprofits in N... Read more Read less
Reviews (586)
88
During previews
Medea (BAM)
Brooklyn
Absorbing, Ambitious, Thought-provoking, Great acting, Great staging

See it if To see a contemporary take on Medea on a white set using video, fan of Byrne (frighteningly terrific) & Canavale, great child actors

Don't see it if Don’t want another Medea or plays about marital discord, obsession, male privilege, blind ambition, revenge. Don’t like video, modern takes

Also Very effective use of video, very contemporary explanation for part of... Read more Read less

87
Fluffy, Funny, Great staging, Great acting, Delightful

See it if curious about playwright, enjoy verbal farce, actors creating great characters, deliciously complicated plot, exquisite set

Don't see it if farce is not your thing, don't like plays from the 1850's, not in the mood for frivolous yet artful comedy, slightly overdone characters

83
During previews
Cliched, Thought-provoking, Slow, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if landmark theater piece, underwood earnest, grier frightening, o'connell revealing, learn about African-Americans in military, impact of rank

Don't see it if not interested in military stories, murder mysteries, treatment of blacks in military, men in barracks, once revealing but now familiar plot

84
Pumpgirl
Chelsea
Thought-provoking, Resonant, Great acting, Absorbing, Ambitious

See it if You enjoy Irish drama, stories reflecting coming of age in isolated towns, male-female relationships, love triangles, doomed romances

Don't see it if Not a fan of Irish plays, have trouble with accents, don’t like strictly monologue plays (albeit 3 simultaneously) or dark, bleak subjects

87
The Gospel of John
East Village
Thought-provoking, Great acting, Absorbing, Ambitious

See it if fan of Ken Jennings, interested in this Gospel, are a Christian, enjoy 1-person shows, have seen performances of other Gospels (ie. Mark)

Don't see it if Not a Christian or interested in the Gospels, don't enjoy 1-person shows, uncomfortable around religion, not familiar with John

79
During previews
One in Two
Midtown W
Clever, Thought-provoking, Great acting, Ambitious, Absorbing

See it if you like clever, unusual one act plays about self-esteem, especially among young African American men, rapid fire dialogue, identity issues

Don't see it if you don't like nonlinear works set in non-specific locales, contemporary and blunt issues among African American men, nudity, crude language

78
Slava's Snowshow
Midtown W
Great special effects, Funny, Enchanting, Clever, Ambitious

See it if you enjoy creative clowning, physical humor, dazzling use of "snow," and lots of children laughing & screaming, visual surprises and delight

Don't see it if you don't like shows without plots, visual humor, simple sight jokes, clowns walking over seats, water sprays & frightening blizzard

81
The End of Eddy
Brooklyn
Great acting, Great staging, Clever, Ambitious, Absorbing

See it if enjoy the work of Edouard Louis, like gay coming of age stories, like use of video & film, youthful exuberant performances, escaping

Don't see it if don't like gay content, tales of bullying and loneliness, feels aimed at a younger (YA) audience, negative family stories

70
Relevant, Indulgent, Thought-provoking, Disappointing, Ambitious

See it if fan of Kushner & curious abut his first play, interest in Germany of '30's, follow development of Kushner style, see updates and rewrites

Don't see it if don't like playwrights inserting themselves into play, don't like HItler parallels or repetition of situation, frustrating main character

82
During previews
Indulgent, Confusing, Clever, Ambitious, Absorbing

See it if you've never seen a production, fan of Fornes, experience the complexity of moving audience through 4 sets, like feminist theater

Don't see it if don't like idea of having to move several times & maybe sit on floor cushions, want a more linear plot, not a fan of feminist plays,

87
Thought-provoking, Riveting, Great staging, Ambitious, Absorbing

See it if you're a fan of Edouard Louis, like plays about gay men, interested in recovery after a horrible trauma & in modern German theater,

Don't see it if Upset by sexual trauma, male nudity, gay issues, not a fan of supertitles or use of video in plays, only like plays in English

84
Edgy, Thought-provoking, Great acting, Clever, Absorbing

See it if fan of Parker or Rapp, enjoy easy to follow but intriguing stories, plays about creative minds & troubled people, subtle unexpected twists

Don't see it if don't like to listen in a quiet, dark setting, don't like brief 2-actor plays with reticent characters, or want to think right at the end

85
Linda Vista
Midtown W
Overrated, Quirky, Funny, Great acting, Ambitious

See it if fan of Tracy Letts, for a great performance by Ian Banford, incisive portrait of a modern straight selfish uber-male out-of-touch with women

Don't see it if not interested in a sharp portrait of an alienating, frustrating obnoxious character or plays that go on a bit too long

83
Bella Bella
Midtown W
Clever, Thought-provoking, Relevant, Great acting, Funny

See it if if you're a fan of Fierstein or Bella Abzug, enjoy 1-person shows, want to get some 60's-70's NY history, curious how Harvey plays a woman

Don't see it if you don't like one person plays, not interested in politics or Bella Abzug specifically, don't like males in female roles

88
Delightful, Great writing, Intelligent, Hilarious, Entertaining

See it if fan of previous editions, curious about how it tackles more recent shows, enjoy great satire of shows & personalities, love Broadway

Don't see it if satire is not your thing, you haven't enjoyed Broadway musicals for years, you take Broadway shows too seriously, don't like laughting

85
During previews
Relevant, Thought-provoking, Intelligent, Great acting, Ambitious

See it if fan of Smith's work, curious about a male performing it, like personal histories of significant events, racism and anti-semitism

Don't see it if you don't like one person, intermissionless plays, not interested in Crown Heights story or serious subjects that continue to resonate

76
The Wrong Man
Midtown W
Repetitive staging, Great acting, Great singing, Bleak, Disappointing

See it if Hear a new composer in a sung-through story, mix of contemporary genres, tales of injustice, resonant voice of Josh Henry,

Don't see it if Don’t like bleak, relentless plot of innocent black man in justice system, not a fan of dark musicals, constrained dancing, or murder

77
Molly Sweeney
Midtown W
Slow, Thought-provoking, Intelligent, Great acting

See it if Fan of Brian Friel & Irish drama, curious about story of blind person regaining sight, three fine performances

Don't see it if Consists of 3 overlapping monologues with no interaction, little stage movement, downer psychological drama

71
During previews
Overrated, Great acting, Disappointing, Confusing, Ambitious

See it if you want a 90+minute Shakespeare, enjoy doubling & tripling of actors without regard to gender, minimal scenery, fan of Corey Stoll

Don't see it if you expect close adherence to text, want no confusion to what role an actor is playing at any one time, some great speeches minimized

Also Corey Stoll is indeed quite marvelous in the title role with Nadia Bow... Read more Read less

86
During previews
Seared
Midtown W
Thought-provoking, Hilarious, Great staging, Great acting, Clever

See it if you're a fan of Raul Esparza, enjoy "backstage" stories about restaurant kitchens, witty banter with very real stakes

Don't see it if don't like comedies set in kitchens or places of business, egotistical characters, the smell of salmon cooking, one act plays

Also Funny, enjoyable, the recreation of an actual restaurant kitchen is am... Read more Read less

81
Intelligent, Thought-provoking, Clever, Absorbing, Ambitious

See it if you like Venice, like a story encompassing 3 time periods from early Christians to Marco Polo to modern gays, enjoy a good story

Don't see it if you expect elaborate scenery, lighting & costumes, don't like gay subplots or religious characters, have no patience for pasted on beards

77
Is This A Room
Gramercy
Thought-provoking, Intense, Great acting, Absorbing, Ambitious

See it if like true stories: here a transcript of an actual FBI interview, want to know more about Reality Winner & FBI's manipulative questioning

Don't see it if you want an evening of character development & closure, easily aggravated by FBI mis-behavior, care for pets, don't care about Ms. Winner

84
During previews
Refreshing, Edgy, Great acting, Enchanting, Absorbing

See it if you like stories about road trips, women friends bonding, mourning together, characters in recovery emerging into late adulthood,

Don't see it if can't relate to women in recovery & sharing intimate details, stories about mourning a mentor, making humor from pain of childbirth

79
Intelligent, Great acting, Dizzying, Confusing, Ambitious

See it if You follow Zeller’s work, like Atkins & Pryce, enjoy time-jumping, dream-like & ethereal plots, appreciate being left with mystery

Don't see it if You expect linear straight-forward plots, don’t enjoy more questions than answers, need complete explanations, don’t like being perplexed

84
During previews
Soft Power
East Village
Broad, Funny, Clever, Ambitious, Absorbing

See it if you're a fan of Hwang or Tesori, like subversive, original musicals & references to classic show tunes, like shows inspired by real life

Don't see it if Don't like satire, not a fan of the classic show tune style, don't want to see HIllary C. depicted, not into topics like dominance of Chines

86
During previews
Maz and Bricks
Midtown E
Humane, Warm, Great acting, Clever, Absorbing

See it if you enjoy modern Irish drama, two-character plays, stories about strangers connecting, folk with esteem issues & guilt, people who feel real

Don't see it if don't like new plays, Irish drama, two-handers, talk about abortion and abuse, 80-minute one acters, Irish accents & slang

82
Sing Street
East Village
Predictable, Slow, Great music, Ambitious, Great singing

See it if liked the film & 80's Brit-pop, family struggle stories, youthful energy, actors on instruments, choreography as natural to plot, love story

Don't see it if don't like loud rock music played live, predictable plot, typical family saga, to convenient happy endings, limited character development

68
Excruciating, Funny, Slow, Disappointing, Ambitious

See it if Fan of Ayckbourn, enjoy this play, want to see how a real British company handles it, enjoy acerbic comedy

Don't see it if You expect elaborate sets & lighting, don’t like imported shows, have trouble within men, not a fan of slapstick or pun-like humor

Also Not a lot new here, but always learn something as part of this....

81
Judgment Day
Upper E Side
Quirky, Thought-provoking, Indulgent, Absorbing, Ambitious

See it if chance to see rare production staged in huge space, interested in von Horvath & issues of guilt & blame, to see the power of the mob,

Don't see it if not a fan of loud noises, huge sets being slowly dragged across theater, people lost among the sets, don't like stories of infidelity, guilt

71
During previews
Limited, Absorbing, Entertaining, Great singing, Ambitious

See it if you're a fan of Maury Yeston's music, like to hear it out of context from the original musical to see if they have staying power (they do!)

Don't see it if you don't know Maury Yeston or weren't a fan of shows like Titanic, Grand Hotel, Nine, and the Yeston version of Phantom, don't like revues

Also At the production I saw (during previews), one of the actors had lost ... Read more Read less

84
During previews
Funny, Indulgent, Thought-provoking, Absorbing, Ambitious

See it if you enjoy plays with large casts, slice of life stories about staff & residents of a female halfway house, reality with humor & warmth

Don't see it if don't enjoy 3+hour plays, realistic portrayals of damaged humans, vivid depictions of sex & mental illness, broken social service system

66
During previews
Routine, Decent acting, Amusing, Fluffy, Cliched

See it if you're a fan of Len Cariou or Bierko, enjoy light comedies that deal with a serious contemporary issue, like non-challenging, safe works

Don't see it if you expect deep exploration of father/son issues or for deep secrets revealed, want dramatic confrontations and not too-easy solutions

Also You do sorta believe that Cariou and Bierko are father and son who hav... Read more Read less

74
During previews
The Thin Place
Midtown W
Slow, Excruciating, Edgy, Disappointing, Ambitious

See it if you follow Hnath's growth as playwright, interest in paranormal & ESP, enjoy a good ghost story which may be something else

Don't see it if don't like ghost stories or sudden blackouts, expect a serious look at contact with other side, too many digressions. unreliable narrator

78
Relevant, Slow, Overrated, Indulgent, Great staging

See it if you're a fan of Horton Foote & Michael Wilson's interpretation, curious as to how play won Pulitzer, like family sagas with secrets & denial

Don't see it if don't like slow-moving, obvious plot, you find Kirstein Nielsen annoying (she does fine), odd set (what with the doors?),or gay subtext

83
The Crucible (Bedlam)
East Village
Relevant, Thought-provoking, Great acting, Great singing, Clever

See it if you like Miller and this play, curious about Bedlam's approach, slightly immersive version set in Colonial times, actors play multiple parts

Don't see it if you feel the play has been overdone, uncomfortable being in midst of action, don't like a slightly compact cast, expect an epic version

76
During previews
Overrated, Quirky, Indulgent, Confusing, Ambitious

See it if You’re a fan of Will Eno, you enjoy unusual, challenging work, you like mini-scenes whose connection is quite ethereal but offers insight

Don't see it if You are easily confused or want a logical, forward moving narrative, don’t like subtle themes of life, death & connection or having to think

81
During previews
Static, Thought-provoking, Interesting, Absorbing, Great acting

See it if you want know about Curie's later life, enjoy the two actors, like scientific references, enjoy historical plays, easy to follow stories

Don't see it if not interested in history, Marie Curie or friendships between women, don't like static 2-character plays, want to learn about Pierre

93
Dazzling production of byrne's music that never stops moving

See it if you're a fan of Byrne or Talking Heads, enjoy constant motion of musicians dancing while playing, creative choreography, edgy music

Don't see it if not a fan of Byrne & his music, want a plot not subtle political commentary, don't like talk of peace and hope, not a fan of loud percussion

95
Stunning, Riveting, Great staging, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if To see a clear, intense Shakespeare with a riveting leading performance, also focuses on the women in Richard's life, cynical, relevant

Don't see it if Not a fan of Shakespeare or can't follow Shakespeare's language, some violent images, want a modern dress Shakespeare

Also Aaron Monaghan gives a dazzling, witty, and unbelievably physical perf... Read more Read less

87
Resonant, Great singing, Great acting, Delightful, Ambitious

See it if Fiddler is 1 of your favorites & want to experience it in Yiddish, curious how songs translate, encounter a new staging

Don't see it if You don't like Fiddler, you don't like reading supertitles, not a fan of musicals, don't like listening to foreign languages

Also This is a wonderful, fully staged show with a sublime orchestra and ex... Read more Read less

69
The Michaels
East Village
Pales in comparison to nelson’s previous family plays, Indulgent, Disappointing, Banal, Ambitious

See it if Fan of Nelson, enjoy realistic, intimate family stories that take place in real time on actual week, genuine heartfelt issues, believable

Don't see it if Want a lot to happen in plays, don’t enjoy contemporary slice-of-life portraits of middle class life, trouble hearing soft-spoken dialogue

69
FEAR
West Village
Suspenseless, Illogical, Unbelievable, Moribund, Disappointing

See it if You’re a fan of the cast, interested in new 80-minute plays, enjoy stories about class & age assumptions, mysteries about missing girl

Don't see it if Can’t deal with stories about missing 5-year old girl, suspicious teenager, rough bullying & violence, people behaving stupidly,

93
During previews
The Inheritance
Midtown W
Great staging, Great writing, Great acting, Ambitious, Absorbing

See it if you can do both parts, enjoy stories re: gay life in NY, relationships, break-ups, the toll of AIDS. Like creative staging & clever writing

Don't see it if each part is 3-1/4 hours long, not a fan of gay plays & characters, don't want to recall AIDS era, shows overt sexual and addictive behavior

Also Spellbinding, touching, aggravating, some fine young actors do an amaz... Read more Read less

82
Surprising, Great acting, Edgy, Thought-provoking, Absorbing

See it if curious about young conservative, devout Catholics & how they maneuver in the world, enjoy political discussion and funny, serious behavior

Don't see it if don't want to spend time with young conservatives, have a hard time with unpleasant characters, uncomfortable with religious discussions

Also This play is well worth seeing. It is funny, often hilarious, but also... Read more Read less

81
The Great Society
Upper W Side
Intelligent, Relevant, Thought-provoking, Ambitious, Absorbing

See it if you like American history, want to know more about LBJ or follow up "All the Way," fan of Brian Cox, recall that period or lived through it

Don't see it if you don't like hectic history, characters not given chance to develop, too many events off stage, don't care about that time period

87
Hilarious, Intense, Thought-provoking, Great acting, Ambitious

See it if want to see trendy play, see how one playwright depicts racial issues in unexpected way, learn what it means to want to be listened to

Don't see it if don't like depictions of sex & nudity, sex games that may involve domination or abuse, don't like humorous psychobabble, inner reflection

83
Dublin Carol
Chelsea
Moving, Great writing, Great staging, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if you like Irish drama & McPherson, stories about fathers & daughters, glimpses of a tragic difficult life, satisfying end to make you think

Don't see it if have difficulty with Irish accents, don't like stories dealing with alcoholics or attempts at father/daughter reconciling, plays set at Xmas

69
Quite the accomplishment for just 5 days of rehearsal, Great music, Disappointing, Dated, Cliched

See it if you're a Cole Porter fan & curious about this show, you enjoy the York's minimal Mufti stagings, you want to see what can be done in 5 days

Don't see it if you expect a large, fully-staged show or more modern plotting, want elaborate dancing, more than a 3-man combo or the feel of the original

Also This musical dates from 1929 and is noted historically for being Cole ... Read more Read less

66
During previews
Scotland, PA
Midtown W
Indulgent, Great acting, Disappointing, Banal, Ambitious

See it if you'd like to see Macbeth as a contemporary musical (circa'75), miss the days of hippies & slackers, catch a composer's 2nd show & a comedy

Don't see it if worried about getting a modern Macbeth, not a fan of chamber shows, or fond of mid-west twang, don't like main characters as singing killers

80
During previews
The Rose Tattoo
Midtown W
Quirky, Annoying, Hectic, Great acting, Ambitious

See it if You like Williams & never saw this play, fan of Tomei who does a good job-as she is supposed to be temperamental, like suggestive sets

Don't see it if Don’t like “light” Williams plays, want more solid drama, Unhappy with too much Italian dialogue or contradicting costumes, not a Tomei fan

Also If the neighborhood women are mocking Serafina because she’s hiding an... Read more Read less